Honorary Member

One or more Honorary Member may be selected each year by the Academy's Board of Trustees by affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of its members. The individual so honored possesses one or more of the following characteristics:

  • has attained a position of eminence in the field of environmental and/or human health protection;
  • has made a single noteworthy contribution or sustained contribution to the advancement of environmental and/or human health protection; or
  • has rendered outstanding service over a long period of time resulting in the advancement of the affairs of the Academy.

For the full list of eligibility criteria and information on how you can submit nominations for a worthy Environmental Engineer or Scientist, click here.

Honorary Winner

2017 Honorary Member

George Hawkins

George Hawkins serves as Chief Executive Officer of DC Water. Mr. Hawkins is transforming DC Water into an innovative, customer-oriented enterprise. DC Water is implementing the $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project to nearly eliminate combined sewer overflows, investing $950 million to reduce nutrients for the Chesapeake Bay, and finishing a $470 million waste-to-energy program to produce a marketable nutrient and generate 13 megawatts of green power. George has also tripled the program to replace water infrastructure.

DC Water has been the recipient of almost every major award in the industry, including most recently, the 2016 US Water Prize for its resource recovery efforts.

DC Water is also driving a robust innovations program, focused on customer engagement, vibrant social media, research and development, and in product development and licensing. George has also launched DC Water Works – a program to encourage local workforce hiring.

George has held executive positions in state and municipal government, environmental and community groups, US EPA and private law practice. Mr. Hawkins has received many awards for his public service, including the 2014 Public Official of the Year Award from Governing Magazine and Business Leader and Public Leader Awards from the DC Chamber of Commerce and DC Business and Industry Association. Mr. Hawkins graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Mr. Hawkins teaches Environmental Law and Policy at Princeton University.

Past Winners

2016 Kirk, Ken
2015 No recipient
2014 Jenkins, David
2013 Sutley, Nancy
2013 Rittmann, Bruce E.
2013 Jackson, Lisa
2012 Van Antwerp, Jr., Robert L.
2011 Randall, Clifford W.
2010 Crombie, George R.
2009 McCarty, Perry
2009 Rouse, Michael
2008 Sekarajasekaran, A. "Sek"
2007 Gunaratnam, Daniel J.
2006 Barnard, James L.
2005 Qingtao, Xie
2004 Lohani, Bindu Nath
2003 Gloyna, Earnest F.
2002 Bath, Vincent
2001 Tambo, Norihito
2000 Imhoff, Klaus R.
1999 Ludwig, Harvey F.
1994 O'Connor, Donald J.
1991 Stern, Arthur C.
1988 Okun, Daniel A.
1983 Wolman, Abel
1982 Kappe, Stanley E.

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